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    EXCLUSIVE: I’m A Celebrity’s Mo Farah, Shane Richie and Beverley Callard face a VERY bleak journey to Gwrych Castle as they take on their first trial in the Welsh mountains

    I’m A Celebrity campmates are thought to have been doing their first challenge in the Welsh mountains, MailOnline can exclusively reveal.

    Stars Mo Farah, Shane Richie and Beverley Callard were seen being whisked away by helicopter into Snowdonia for their first trial of the series before they were driven into Gwrych Castle by Land Rover on Friday night. 

    This year’s I’m A Celebrity has been relocated to Wales with ten celebrities set to face some of the show’s toughest challenge yet as they spend 20 days living in gruelling conditions. 

    EXCLUSIVE: I’m A Celebrity campmates are thought to have been doing their first challenge in the Welsh mountains, MailOnline can exclusively reveal (Mo Farah pictured)

    Five of the show’s helicopters were seen circling over different spots as the stars took on separate challenges in two groups.

    Celebrities including Radio 1 DJ Jordan North, 30, and Jessica Plumber, 28, looked terrified as they abseiled from a cliff in Anglesey.

    It is thought Coronation Street legend Beverley Callard, 63. Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah, 37, Strictly star AJ Pritchard, 26, Paralympian Hollie Arnold, 26, and actor Shane Ritchie. 56, had to take on a different challenge in the mountains.

    Scary: Stars including Shane Richie were taken to Snowdonia for the first trial

    Determined: AJ Pritchard was also thought to be taking part in the challenge

    Scary: Stars including Shane Richie (left) and AJ Pritchard were seen being whisked away by helicopter into Snowdonia for their first trial of the series

    Scary: Locals said stars including Beverley Callard (pictured) were taken up to the mountains before the trial before being driven to Gwrych Castle

    Scary: Locals said stars including Beverley Callard (pictured) were taken up to the mountains before the trial before being driven to Gwrych Castle

    One local said: ‘The helicopters were also seen flying above bleak mountains and hills but then they disappeared.

    ‘They were definitely doing something in the mountains and it is quite bleak up there.

    ‘However there are also several zip wire centres including on in a cave and another over an old slate mine which goes very fast and is terrifying.’

    Terrified! Meanwhile the other five celebrities took on a wholly different task, as they abseiled down a cliffside in Anglesey

    Terrified! Meanwhile the other five celebrities took on a wholly different task, as they abseiled down a cliffside in Anglesey

    The celebrities then took ten minutes to drive in to haunted 200-year-old Gwrych Castle in Abergele just after 8.30pm on Friday night.

    There is tight security around the castle with dozens of guards keeping watch.

    Cerys Watson, 51, said: ‘Anyone approaching the castle or walking their dog near the gold course is challenged by people in high-vis jackets.

    ‘There are also security guards patrolling at night. There are rumours some have night-vision goggles and are ex-military. It is all very cloak and dagger.’

    It is thought celebrities including Vernon had been staying at different cottages on Anglesey before they entered the camp.

    Worries: Jessica Plummer, Giovanna Fletcher, Victoria Derbyshire, Vernon Kay and Jordan North faced the scary task of abseiling down the perilously perched cliff

    Worries: Jessica Plummer, Giovanna Fletcher, Victoria Derbyshire, Vernon Kay and Jordan North faced the scary task of abseiling down the perilously perched cliff

    Other celebrities including Beverley and Shane have been staying in houses at the Coed Coch Estate near Rhyl.

    Abergele’s mayor Alan Hunter told MailOnline: ‘The seem to have very tight security at the castle which you would expect.

    ‘There’s lot of rumours where Ant and Dec are staying but no-one knows for sure.

    ‘The golf course by the castle has been closed to non-members but Ant and Dec have been given life membership so they can have a round there if they want.

    ‘This will be great for the town. We’ve had lots of fans turning up to take pictures of the castle and we’ll have lots of tourism in the future off the back of it.

    No entry! Security is tight around the castle while it is being used as the base for the new series

    No entry! Security is tight around the castle while it is being used as the base for the new series

    Several huge marquees have been setup in the castle’s grounds for ITV’s show’s filming needs, and on Saturday there was a steady stream of vans dropping off equipment and bringing in supplies.

    Excited locals in Abergele have been gearing up for the show, with pubs decorating their windows in I’m a Celebrity posters.

    The Pen-y-Bont Inn have cardboard cut-outs of Ant and Dec and its own version of the Bushtucker Trials with a locust burger and buffalo warm rice. 

    Many believe Gwrych Castle is haunted by the so-called White Lady who is thought to be previous owner, Winifred, the Countess of Dundonald, who died in 1924.

    Some claim to have seen her at the castle windows and it is thought she is angry with her husband, who she cut off in her will, before he bought back the castle and stripped it of her possessions and sell its contents.

    Locals believe she also fell out with the castle’s caretaker Bill Price, who would lock up the library at night only to find it opened the next morning.

    I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! begins on Sunday at 9pm on ITV. 

    Back soon: I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! begins on Sunday at 9pm on ITV

    Back soon: I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! begins on Sunday at 9pm on ITV 

    I’M A CELEBRITY… GET ME OUT OF HERE! 2020: Who are the celebrities?

    Name: SIR MO FARAH CBE

    Age: 37

    Claim to fame: The most successful British track athlete in Olympic Games history 

    Phobias: Any animal that moves

    Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: It will be nice for people to see me doing something other than running

    Role in the camp: Cook

    Miss most: Coffee, my wife and children

    Dream campmate: Samuel L Jackson would be pretty cool

    Relationship status: Married

    Name: SHANE RICHIE

    Age: 56  

    Phobias: Human faeces. If I see one, it is over! I am hoping the camp toilet will be enclosed

    Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: Nothing. I don’t think I am that interesting

    Role in the camp: Person who will muck in with anything 

    Miss most: My family and routine at home

    Dream campmate: Eric Cantona, any 80s’ pop star or The Roc

    Relationship status: Married

    Name: BEVERLEY CALLARD

    Age: 63

    Claim to fame: Corrie legend 

    Phobias: Ghosts and insects 

    Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: People think I am glamorous as I have played Liz for so long but I am not

    Role in the camp: Cleaner 

    Miss most: Dogs and my husband, Jon

    Dream campmate: Ricky Gervais – he would keep us all going

    Relationship status: Married

    Name: AJ PRITCHARD 

    Age: 26 

    Claim to fame: Former Strictly professional

    Phobias: Heights, claustrophobia

    Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: People see me with sparkles and fake tan but nobody knows what I am like

    Role in the camp: Keeping spirits up and the cleaner

    Miss most: My warm and comfy bed

    Dream campmate: Any celebrity with an intriguing background

    Relationship status: Dating

    Name: VERNON KAY

    Age: 46

    Claim to fame: TV and radio presenter

    Phobias: I don’t like being confined underwater!

    Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: I think I have always been the same throughout my career – so I don’t have any.

    Role in the camp: Person to keep spirits up.

    Miss most: My family.

    Dream camper: Anybody who has won the Super Bowl!

    Relationship status: Married.

    Name: VICTORIA DERBYSHIRE

    Age: 52  

    Claim to fame: Award-winning journalist

    Phobias: I am not a fan of spiders or confined spaces and I don’t know what I am going to be like when I get there! 

    Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: I don’t think I have any as people just know me as the news and current affairs person! 

    Role in the camp: Shoulder to cry on. 

    Miss most: My boys, husband, dog and Mum. 

    Dream campmate: Madonna, Gary Lineker and Jamie Oliver to cook for us. I think you could have some really geeky chats with them! 

    Relationship status: Married.

    Name: GIOVANNA FLETCHER

    Age: 35

    Claim to fame: Author and podcaster

    Phobias: Heights. My legs go wobbly and you can’t rationalise it

    Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: I am not that controversial so nothing

    Role in the camp: Mum, friend and the giver of hugs

    Miss most: My husband, Tom, and my three children

    Dream campmate: The Queen, Judi Dench and Ant Middleton so he can help us with all the survival skills

    Relationship status: Married

    Name: JESSICA PLUMMER

    Age: 28

    Claim to fame: Former EastEnders actress

    Phobias: Arachnophobia, fear of heights –just about every phobia

    Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: It will be nice for people to see me for who I am rather than my EastEnders character

    Role in the camp: Chatterbox and little sister

    Miss most: My daughter. It’s going to be the longest we’ve been apart

    Dream campmate: Denzel Washington would be awesome. I would listen to every word he said

    Relationship status: Single

    Name: JORDAN NORTH

    Age: 30

    Claim to fame: Radio 1 DJ 

    Phobias: It’s just easier to say what I am not scared of. I have so many phobias

    Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: On my Radio 1 show, I am always bubbly and energetic but everyone has down moments too, so it will be nice for people to see what I am really like

    Role in the camp: Entertainer and the tidy up person –I love a tidy house

    Miss most: A nice cool pint of Guinness

    Dream campmate: Barack Obama and Liam Gallagher. He would be great entertainment value

    Relationship status: Single

    Name: HOLLIE ARNOLD MBE  

    Age: 26

    Claim to fame: Paralympic gold medallist 

    Phobias: Spiders

    Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: I don’t want it to focus on my disability

    Role in the camp: Cook/shoulder to cry on 

    Miss most: My boyfriend, food and my cats

    Dream campmate: Michelle Keegan –she is beautiful

    Relationship status: Dating

     

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